Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Process post ... straight-line quilting

Time to remember I took the process pledge!  This is my 2nd straight line quilt ... and second 9-patch as well!  My first one was a couple of weeks ago.


I started by stitching a 1/4" on either side of the block seam.  The blocks are 6", so this allows me to remove the basting pins.


Then I used my fabulous washable pen to draw in lines for the white blocks so that I can continue to ensure that I keep straight lines when quilting there.



My first straight line attempt came out OK, but I am really glad that I persevered as this time it came out SO MUCH better!!  The lines are much straighter and you can really see the "grid" on the back of the quilt.


I also found I love the built-in walking foot on my new machine ... it works even better than the external  one that I bought on eBay!


Oh ... and I have I told you about the best quilting gloves I have ever used?  They are Atlas gardening gloves and I picked them up for $4.99 at my local True Value.  I love them, the palms are 100% rubberized and they really make it easy to grip and move the fabric through the machine.  By-the-way ... they are also my favorite gardening gloves ... but no worries ... I have a different color of those to make sure they never get mixed up!

Hope you're having a great week!
All the best

Lisa

6 comments:

  1. It looks great! I love the grid pattern.

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  2. It looks wonderful.

    What kind of machine did you get?

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  3. this looks great...i would never be able to straight line without my walking foot. they make such a difference

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  4. The quilt looks wonderful!

    Love the idea of the built in walking foot. It's something I'll have to consider if I can ever manage a new machine.

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  5. oh what is that great fabric the brown with olive colored dots?

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